Take your photography from “Whoa!” to “WOW!” Learn today’s hottest techniques used by top creative pros to add jaw-dropping finishing touches to your photographs. Learn to create stylistic edge effects, HDR effects, vignette effects, editable templates, and many other creative finishing touches that will take your photography to a whole new level!
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Join Dave as he welcomes you to the class with an overview of the kinds of techniques he will teach you in the lessons to follow.
Everyone needs to know the basics, from setting up Camera Raw to using layer masks, before moving on to the more advanced finishing touches. Many techniques build on other concepts, so make sure you start with a firm foundation.
Learn a few different ways of achieving an almost HDR-like effect with a single image using layer blending modes, layer masks, sharpening, and HDR toning that can be applied to any type of photo.
Applying one or more filters to a layer mask can create cool edge effects.
Building on the previous lesson, Dave shows another approach for creating edge effects using smart objects and smart filters for more flexibility.
Learn how you can use the Brush tool to create eye-catching edge effects without painting by hand.
Building on the previous lesson, Dave demonstrates that you can stroke a path with other tools for even more interesting results.
Use the Mask panel to tweak existing layer masks and take your effects to new places.
Content Aware Fill can clean up a photo to turn it into a background for a multi-image layout made from a single photo.
In a variation of the previous lesson, Dave shows how you can also use Content Aware Scale and smart objects to create a multi-image layout from a single photo.
Create a custom pattern from an element in your main photo to create a background for a layout.
Create custom edge effects with the Mixer brush and a layer mask that is editable and reusable with other photos.
Here's a cool technique for a flexible vignette effect using a curves adjustment layer and the Mask panel.
Building on previous techniques, Dave shows you how to create a flexible layout template that includes interesting edges and a border effect.
Use the Blend If sliders and blend modes to add interesting textures to your photo with a high degree of control and versatility.
Watch as Dave shows you how to use the flexibility of smart objects to create a library of effects that are ready to use in other projects.
Dave provides a quick recap of the class.
For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught…